Kyu Hyuga Bettei Kyu Hyuga Bettei

Photograph the retro-styled Kyu Hyuga Bettei



Kyu Hyuga Bettei

Designed by world-renowned architect German Bruno Taut, this detached residence was completed in 1936 for a wealthy businessman. It was envisioned with a Japanese aesthetic inspired by the Katsura Imperial Villa and created after Taut was exiled by the Nazi government and fled to Japan. Intricate carvings by Kahei Sasaki are a highlight of the property, as are the various social rooms and bending bamboo handrails along the stairs. Kyu Hyuga Bettei (旧日向別邸) has been designated as an Important Cultural Property and is open for tours on weekends and holidays.

N.B. The property is closed until March 2022 for renovations, so check the website for updates.